Announcements for Feb 15

Pancake Supper — Shrove Tuesday

Every­one is invit­ed to attend a pan­cake sup­per this Tues­day evening, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. in Fel­low­ship Hall. Share time togeth­er with church fam­i­ly and friends on the evening before Lent begins; free-will offer­ing. Sign up on the bul­letin board in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Ash Wednesday Services 7 a.m., noon, & 7 p.m.

Ash Wednes­day, Feb. 18, is the first of the 40 days of Lent, a time of prepar­ing and repair­ing our hearts and lives for Christ’s Res­ur­rec­tion at East­er. In the midst of our sin and mor­tal­i­ty, we claim and pro­claim Christ’s pow­er over sin and death as we receive a cross, the sign of the res­ur­rec­tion, drawn in ash­es on our hand or fore­head. Each of the ser­vices will include impo­si­tion of ash­es; the 7 p.m. ser­vice will also include Holy Com­mu­nion.

Sunday Soup Supper and Study

Lent, the forty days of pen­i­tence in prepa­ra­tion for East­er, has its own vocab­u­lary: pen­i­tence, jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, atone­ment, pro­pi­ti­a­tion, expi­a­tion, and res­ur­rec­tion to name a few. Pas­tors Bri­an and Ali­son will lead six Sun­day evening stud­ies, “Trans­lat­ing Chris­t­ian Jar­gon” on these terms and oth­ers you sug­gest, begin­ning Sun­day, Feb. 22. A sim­ple soup and bread sup­per will be served at 5 p.m. in the Fel­low­ship Hall, fol­lowed by a one-hour study. We are look­ing for per­sons will­ing to serve in the areas of set-up, soup prepa­ra­tion, and clean-up. Sign up sheets are post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Feb. 28 — Family Painting Party in Fellowship Hall, 1–4 p.m.

Enjoy an after­noon of fam­i­ly art time and snacks learn­ing how to paint a paint­ing for all skill lev­els. Invite friends to join! Sign up at the wel­come desk or in Fel­low­ship Hall on the bul­letin board.

Students urged to apply for Conference scholarships

Unit­ed Methodist high school seniors and col­lege stu­dents are invit­ed to apply for schol­ar­ships offered by the Upper New York Con­fer­ence: the Con­fer­ence Mer­it Awards and Lot­tie Brown Grants. Guide­lines are avail­able at www.unyumc.org/pages/detail/1518

Advanced Lay Servant Course

The Advanced Lay Ser­vant Course (Spir­i­tu­al Gifts) will be offered at Lit­tle Uti­ca UMC, Lam­son Road, Phoenix, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., April 18, 25, May 2, 9. Atten­dance on all dates is required for cred­it. This course is one of six required to apply to qual­i­fy as Cer­ti­fied Lay Speak­ers. If inter­est­ed, com­plete an appli­ca­tion form found in the office, have it signed by your pas­tor and return it to Susan Ranous, 201 Can­dee Ave., Syra­cuse, NY 13224 with a $25 check payable to “UNYAC” by April 4. If you have ques­tions, con­tact Susan Ranous at 427‑3668 or sranousacctg@twcny.rr.com.

2015 Lenten Fish Dinners

March 6 and 20 are the dates for our Lenten Fish Din­ners. You may put your order in at the table in Fel­low­ship Hall today. These are full had­dock din­ners with fish fresh from Boston. Menu: fish and sauces, home­made mac­a­roni and cheese, cole slaw, Ital­ian bread, and dessert. Eat in or take out. The oth­er “catch”: Vol­un­teer sign-ups are post­ed in Fel­low­ship Hall for Thurs­day food prep and Fri­day set-up, prep, and serv­ing. Please help your church by attend­ing and/or help­ing! $10. For ages 6–12 $4, Chil­dren 5 and under FREE. Pre-order ONLY by March 2 or 16.

ORDER FORM
NAME__________________________________________________________Phone#_____

Please indi­cate March 2____________ and/or March 16_____________Amount paid $_________

Dine In Take Out
Child (6–12) _________ ________

Child 5 & under _________ ________

Adult _________ ________

Total _________

March 7 workshops open to everyone

Upper New York Con­fer­ence staff will offer free work­shops for church mem­bers at Liv­er­pool First UMC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat­ur­day, March 7. The five-hour pro­gram includes a meal. Reg­is­ter by March 2 at https://unyumc-reg.brtapp.com/ROADTRIPLiverpoolUMC
Con­fer­ence staff will present the fol­low­ing top­ics:

From the Wad­ing Pool to the Deep End , How to Move Peo­ple into Deep­er Dis­ci­ple­ship
They Have Us Surrounded…But Who Are They?
Why Can’t Church Be More Like Camp?
Your Con­fer­ence Finance Office
Wired for Wor­ship
Children’s Min­istry in an Ever-Chang­ing World
How to do Face­book Well
How to do a Web­site Well
Cre­at­ing New Places for New Peo­ple: How to Start a New Faith Com­mu­ni­ty
in Your Own Neigh­bor­hood

Join in Daily Lenten Devotions

You are invit­ed to observe Lent by the prac­tice of prayer and giv­ing. Dai­ly Lenten devo­tion­al book­lets and banks from the Soci­ety of St. Andrew (a glean­ing min­istry) are avail­able online at www.endhunger.org/lent, or at the Ash Wednes­day or Sun­day morn­ing wor­ship ser­vices. The book­let titled Into the Wilder­ness, remem­ber­ing the 40 days Jesus was tempt­ed in the desert fol­low­ing his bap­tism. Please sign up online or pick up a paper copy at wor­ship next week.

March 22 — Children’s Seder Meal with Pastor led Communion

All par­ents are wel­come (but not required) to join us as we recre­ate the “Last Sup­per” meal dur­ing Dis­cov­ery Zone on March 22. Pas­tor Ali­son will join us to talk about and serve com­mu­nion as well.

Olivebranch

Olive­branch meets on Feb. 23 at 5:30 for din­ner and pro­gram. Please call Pat Cuper­nall at 457‑6730 to make a reser­va­tion. Every­one is invit­ed.

Remember our young people

We are plan­ning to have a cor­re­spon­dence board to enable you to send let­ters and care pack­ages to remem­ber church mem­bers who are cur­rent­ly serv­ing in the Armed Forces or who are in col­lege. Please noti­fy the church office with names and address­es of these young peo­ple by March 1.